Coverage of tonight's Cards and Reds game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Wacha worked six solid innings and
Yadier Molina hit an early three-run double, as St. Louis survived a close
call in the ninth to best Cincinnati, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game
set from Busch Stadium.
Allen Craig and Matt Holliday drove in a run each for the Cardinals, who
raised their NL champion banner and won a home opener for the first time since
Wacha (1-0) allowed a run on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk,
then Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist combined for two more scoreless
"There was a huge crowd out there. Lots of energy," Wacha said. "I don't know
who wouldn't thrive off of those kind of situations."
Trevor Rosenthal got into trouble in the ninth, walking Jay Bruce and Ryan
Ludwick and allowing a base hit to Todd Frazier which loaded the bases. Zack
Cozart singled in Bruce with one away and pinch-hitter Neftali Soto added a
sacrifice fly before Billy Hamilton's fly out ended the game.
"Collectively, we've struggled to do anything with runners in scoring
position," noted Reds manager Bryan Price. "That will change. It's just tough
to sit through it."
Roger Bernadina added a pinch-hit RBI double and Brayan Pena went 3-for-4 with
two doubles for the Reds, who have dropped four of their last five.
Tony Cingrani (0-1) lasted only four frames and was charged with three hits
and as many runs with five strikeouts and four walks.
After Hamilton doubled to start the game, he was sacrificed to third and then
erased in a rundown between third and home and Cincinnati went scoreless.
St. Louis countered in the home half as Matt Carpenter and Peter Bourjos led
off with hits, Holliday walked and Molina plated them all on a one-out bases-
Wacha held the Reds in check until the fifth, when Pena and Bernadina stroked
consecutive one-out doubles.
The Cards boosted their edge to four in the home seventh with three straight
one-out hits: doubles from Bourjos and Holliday followed by a single from
St. Louis improved to 3-6 in home openers at the new Busch Stadium ... Wacha
hadn't allowed a run in 21 total innings against the Reds until Cincinnati
measured him in the fifth ... Prior to the contest, the Reds activated catcher
Devin Mesoraco from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Tucker
Barnhart to Triple-A Louisville ... Attendance was a record 47,492.